The Virtual Advent Tour


Welcome to my annual contribution to Sprite’s Virtual Advent Tour. is her blog site.   Her hosting this event has become a tradition and I love it. 

People of all faiths and backgrounds are encouraged to write for a day about something they want to share about December. 

I’m focusing on ease of cooking for the Holidays. 

My smart and sweet Mother in Law gave us our Holiday China.  For our anniversary, every year, she gave us more of the set.  I love holly now, and I treasure getting HER special plates and mugs and sugar and creamers etc.  out for Christmas Eve and Day.  

I just learned today, from smart SalPal that you can , indeed, really and truly , roast a frozen turkey.   And it is juicier that way!  IT just takes a long long time. I have time!!  Sounds way easier to me, than all that defrosting junk.  

If you can find Eating Well Magazine at your library, they have a sheet pan pancake recipe.  It is the No Flip Pancake recipe.  So instead of standing over each pancake and preheating the oven and having everyone wait for all the pancakes to be flipped……….there is a recipe for one pancake in a sheet pan that everyone can have at once.  Brilliant!!!!!  

The last one I’m going to share is my go to book : Delicious Dump Cakes by Wyss and Moore.   Applesauce Gingerbread dump cake will be on the menu this holiday.  (keep in mind that we forgot dessert yesterday and had…..gum.  and we will always have some gum now on thanksgiving.  IT was so funny actually. )

But this recipe is easier than a stick of gum:

24 ounce jar chunky applesauce

one 14.5 oz box gingerbread cake and cookie mix

and 1/2 stick unsalted butter cut into shavings.


Simply preheat your over to 350 degrees. Spray an 8 by 8 pan with non stick cooking spray.

Pour the applesauce evenly into the pan. Sprinkle the gingerbread mix evenly over the applesauce.

Distribute the butter slivers evenly on top.

Bake35 minutes.   Thats IT!  I’d add whip cream for sure.

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Tour.  There are many days available to help out if you wish.   The skies the limit.  Thanks Sprite

Published by compassionknit

I've moved from to on Nov. 7 2016. It is still me! glad you found me

14 thoughts on “The Virtual Advent Tour

  1. I love the china! I get ours out on Thanksgiving night each year, so we can enjoy it for the month.

    And I am not so smart. If I were smart I would have checked the bird Wednesday night, not just trust that a week in the fridge was long enough!


  2. Pretty, pretty China. I love that she always knew what she could give for a gift.
    Somehow you would have to get the frozen bits like neck and giblets out of that turkey before roasting and I wonder how you would do that. Otherwise roasting it frozen sounds so much easier.
    Have a wonderful Monday Kathy.

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  3. I love the holly china.. you’ll have to give us a shot of some of the pieces you have and a whole plate! 🙂 I have a Christmas set that I got for a song long ago and I still love it. Hope your Dad is pain-free and that you get to see him again soon. ((hugs)), Teresa 🙂


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